Malden High School senior Suheily Aquino was one of several teens from the Malden Teen Enrichment Center who helped build the community garden.  Ward 5 City Councilor Barbara Murphy (center, with blue shirt) worked with teens from the Malden Teen Enrichment Center on the community garden.
Trail is Paved and Open in Malden and Everett The portion of the Northern Strand trail in Everett and Malden is now paved and open for travelers. Parts of the trail in those two cities were closed at various times over the past month but the paving work is now complete and there is no longer a danger of travelers creating ruts in the newly paved surface. Malden public safety officials, including Mayor Gary Christenson, Police Chief Kevin Molis, Fire Chief Jack Colangeli and DPW Director Robert P. Knox, Jr. spoke to the group about bike safety as well as other public safety issues. The portion of the trail in Saugus was recently completed to the Lynn line. The City of Lynn still has to approve plans in order for the trail to be completed. Work on the Revere portion of the trail is expected to begin next spring if grants are secured. Bike to the Sea, Inc. has been working for more than 20 years to build the Northern Strand Trail (aka: the Bike to the Sea Trail) from Everett to the beaches in Revere and Nahant. Physical work to build the trail started less than two years ago but has progressed quickly. Malden’s First Community Garden Built Along the Trail An old abandoned railroad line cutting an industrial swath through Malden is starting to blossom into a vibrant greenway now that the Northern Strand Trail (aka: Bike to the Sea trail) is built and the first offshoot of that – a community garden – has been established.

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The idea for the community garden came from Ward 5 City Councilor Barbara Murphy and was built by the city in conjunction with Bike to the Sea Inc. and Groundwork Somerville,  a non-profit dedicated to working with youth to help improve the environment and at the same time the social well-being of the community.


The garden at the intersection of the newly paved trail and Railroad Avenue will have 25 planting beds that Malden residents can adopt for just $20 per year. Community gardeners buy their own plants or seeds but water is provided by the city and some hand tools are kept on site.

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It’s like a farmer’s market. Only it’s free to hundreds of families in Malden, Medford, Everett and surrounding communities who experience food insecurity. In these three cities alone, it’s estimated that more than 16,000 people are food insecure, which means they don’t have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food. For the past two years, Hallmark Health System (HHS) and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) have sponsored a mobile food market at the North Suburban Women, Infant and Children (WIC) office on Commercial Street in Malden. The GBFB is the program’s lead partner, providing and delivering the food, supplies and materials, conducting basic food- service training and tracking data. Other partners include the Malden Zonta Club, a community service organization whose volunteers accept and sort the food, and the City of Malden, which provides police details to help with traffic management. The market is open from 1-2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month and serves 600- 700 families. But long before that, volunteers are sorting and counting food and setting up the market. Nutritionists from the WIC program, staff and interpreters are on hand to answer questions. Often, HHS staff come to offer health education or a free screening. “Although the market’s primary purpose is providing free healthy, fresh, nutritious food, we also try to help with other issues and connect participants to needed resources,” said Eileen Dern, RN, HHS director of Community Services. “For example, last fall we administered 150 flu vaccines and many participants said this was the first time they’d ever gotten a flu shot.” The market has received statewide and national recognition – a Healthy Communities award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and a “Program of Promise” Service Award from Jackson Healthcare. But it’s the recognition from mobile food market shoppers that’s more important to Dern. “One mom told me the food she gets at the market can feed her family for several days. A man with diabetes told me having healthy food helps him keep on track. Others have said they couldn’t afford to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. We see this as a different way to approach health, to connect to the community, and to fill a need.” Mobile market offers fresh, healthy food to families in need

Article from Hallmark Health System Magazine | Fall 2014

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